I was talking with a friend the other day. We were celebrating the fact that she’s about to take her final exams and has just landed her “perfect” job.
She reminded me that two years ago, when she embarked on this latest study, she was sharing with me how despondent she was. All her friends were out earning money and having a good time, while she was stuck with her head in books, studying. She questioned whether she was making the right decision or whether she would regret not following the same path as them. I apparently said to her “Stay with it, because in two year’s time, when you graduate and can walk into your dream job, you’ll look back and know it was worth it. What’s more, while you feel you are falling behind now, you will not just overtake them all, you will easily surpass them. It may not be easy, but it will be worth it”. She told me that my words had stayed with her, and now they are true. And this is the case in so many circumstances. It’s the problem with this world full of desire for instant gratification. We want it all, and we want it now. Well, we can’t have both. If you want it all, you have to work for it. It takes time – because you have to grow. You have to learn. You have to become the person worthy of the prize. You have to sacrifice in the short term to enjoy the long term rewards. It won’t be an easy journey, but delayed gratification is most definitely worth it. So take heart. If you are working towards something important to you, don’t lose focus. Keep taking action towards your goals and dreams, and never, ever, ever give up. The rewards are there if you stay the course. The journey will not be easy, but it will be worth it.